History Draft [1 January–21 June 1844]

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  • Historical Introduction
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persuaded, <​that​> he had been influenced to some extent by false reports.
, , and were in when we arrived. Soon after our arrival there, took me into a private room, and told me as a friend <​in a friendly manner​> that there was a conspiracy against my life. told some of the brethren (with tears in his eyes) that there was evil determined against me; and that there were some persons who were determined I should not go out of the valley <​​> alive &c. <​was seen to​> reloaded his pistols, and was heard to swear he would have satisfaction of me and .
I had a short interview with , who treated me with the utmost courtesy; he is a great man, and a gentleman. After dinner (at the second or third table) we retired to our room, when who had been to the Court house came towards the ; some person told him had arrived, when he immediately turned towards the Court House again.
My lawyer, Messrs. , , and used all reasonable exertions to bring forward my trial on the charge of perjury, but the prosecuting party were not ready; (One Withers, a material witness, (as they said, <​asserted in Court,) being absent.)​> My attorneys called frequently called on me to report the state of things in court, and I was ready to go in; <​at a moments warning being anxious for my trial​> but the case was deferred until next term. I was left to give bail to the Sheriff at his option; he told me to <​I might​> go home, where he would call and take bail at his own convenience. We immediately called for our horses, and while they were being harnessed came to me, and wanted me to stay as a witness in a certain case in which he was employed as attorney; he urged me considerably, but I told him I did not recollect the occurrence he referred to particularly enough to testify in the case, and got him to excuse me. [p. 49]
persuaded, that he had been influenced to some extent by false reports.
, , and were in when we arrived. Soon after our arrival there, took me into a private room, and told me in a friendly manner that there was a conspiracy against my life. told some of the brethren (with tears in his eyes) that there was evil determined against me; and that there were some persons who were determined I should not go out of alive &c. was seen to reload his pistols, and was heard to swear he would have satisfaction of me and .
I had a short interview with , who treated me with the utmost courtesy; he is a great man, and a gentleman. After dinner (at the second or third table) we retired to our room, when who had been to the Court house came towards the ; some person told him had arrived, when he immediately turned towards the Court House again.
My lawyer, Messrs. , , and used all reasonable exertions to bring forward my trial on the charge of perjury, but the prosecuting party were not ready; One Withers, a material witness, (as they asserted in Court,) being absent. My attorneys frequently called on me to report the state of things in court, and I was ready to go in; at a moments warning being anxious for my trial but the case was deferred until next term. I was left to give bail to the Sheriff at his option; he told me I might go home, where he would call and take bail at his own convenience. We immediately called for our horses, and while they were being harnessed came to me, and wanted me to stay as a witness in a certain case in which he was employed as attorney; he urged me considerably, but I told him I did not recollect the occurrence he referred to particularly enough to testify in the case, and got him to excuse me. [p. 49]
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